By Al Stoner
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6).
✓ “But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (NAS).
✓ “And Jehovah hath caused to meet on him, the punishment of us all” (YLT).
✓ “and Yahweh brought the acts of rebellion of all of us to bear on him” (NJB).
✓ “Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all” (NLT).
✓ “and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all” (AMP).
✓ “but the LORD gave him the punishment we deserved” (CEV).
✓ “yet Adonai laid on him the guilt of all of us” (CJB).
✓ “But the LORD made the punishment fall on him, the punishment all of us deserved” (GNB).
✓ “and Jehovah made meet in Him the iniquity of all of us.” (LITV).
✓ “but the Lord hath thrown upon Him all our sins” (Bishops’ Bible).
Other Similar Expressions in Scripture
Isaiah 53:6 tells us with great clarity and precision what God did with “the iniquity of us all”. He laid them on His suffering Servant, even His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He made them to meet upon Jesus, to light upon Him, to fall on Him. It was the Lord,
“. . . for Thou hast CAST ALL MY SINS BEHIND THY BACK” (Isa. 38:17). There was a real sense that when “the iniquity of us all” was laid upon Jesus, that HE HIMSELF WAS BEHIND GOD’S BACK, an experience more incomprehensibly painful than men will ever be able to fathom. These are exceedingly deep waters, waters that any man would drown in, any man other than the Man Christ Jesus. “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him” (Prov. 8:30).
“Who is a God like unto Thee, that PARDONETHINIQUITY, and PASSETH BY THE TRANSGRESSIONof the remnant of His heritage? HE RETAINETH NOT HIS ANGER FOR EVER, because He delighteth in mercy” (Mic. 7:18).
Passing by the transgression of His people. There was a sense in which God passed by His only begotten Son in order that He would not pass us by. “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things”.
He retaineth not His anger for ever. The Lord Jesus Christ willingly trod “the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Rev. 19:15). And it seems that “the iniquity of us all” was retained by God the Father until, speaking as a man, that day when His only begotten Son was made to hang upon a tree outside of Jerusalem, the city of God. And there all the anger was mercifully retained by Him was poured out upon the Lord Jesus Christ, even upon Him, who is God’s Lamb, Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood (cf. Rev. 1:5).
“HE WILL TURN AGAIN, He will have compassion upon us; HE WILL SUBDUE OUR INIQUITIES; and THOU WILT CAST ALL THEIR SINS INTO THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA” (Mic. 7:19).
“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US” (Ps. 103:12). He removed them from us when the Lamb of God took them away and carried them to “land of forgetfulness” (Ps. 88:12). In order for our transgressions to be removed from us, it was necessary that the Lord Jesus Christ be removed from the Presence of God when He bore the sins away.
“I, EVEN I, AM HE THAT BLOTTETH OUT THY TRANSGRESSIONS for Mine own sake, and WILL NOT REMEMBER THY SINS” (Isa. 43:25). In some way known to the Father and the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ bore the brunt of this blotting out. In Scripture there are only two things recorded that are blotted out: sins or names. God has categorically declared that He will in no wise acquit the guilty. If sins are not blotted out, then names must be blotted out of His memory.
I will not remember thy sins. There was a sense, it appears, that when Christ was made to be sin for us (II Cor. 5:21), that God did not, and could not remember Him. This entailed incomprehensible suffering for both the Son, and for the Father.
Visiting Iniquity. Visiting iniquity “Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children” (Exod. 34:7). At the Cross, the iniquity of us all was visited upon the Lord Jesus Christ in the fullest measure, an incomprehensible measure far greater than was ever visited in the sense spoken of in Exodus 34. The visitation spoken of in Exodus 34 was but a shadow of the visitation that occurred at the Cross. The visitation in Exodus 34 illustrated the exceedingly grievous nature of sin and iniquity and transgression, in that it came back to haunt, as it were, succeeding generations. In the case of David, for example, his sin with Bathsheba continued to dog him and came back to haunt him the rest of his time in the flesh. But in the case of the Lord Jesus Christ, when the sin of the world was visited upon Him, He, being mighty to save, made a full end of them, so that the sins may never come back to haunt or dog those who are in Him, and who abide in Him, continuing in the faith, and not being moved away from the hope of the gospel (cf. Col. 1:23).
Teeth Being Set on Edge. “What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?” (Ezek. 18:2). “In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge” (Jer. 31:29-30). In the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, we were the ones who ate the sour grapes, by our involvement with sin, but His teeth were the ones that were set on edge, a condition from which He recovered, but He continues to bear the marks of the grievous sufferings borne by Him in His glorified body.
Ears Made to Tingle. “Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle” (II Kgs. 21:12). “. . . both his ears shall be burning” (ASV). These words were descriptive of the severe judgments that God was bringing upon Israel because of their sin and transgression. But now in the gospel, occasionally believing men and women are given to see glimmers of the awfulness of the sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ, endured in our behalf, and their ears are, in a manner of speaking, made to tingle.
A Lamb “slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). Christ, our Surety. From one perspective, from thetime of the entrance of sin into the world the liability for the iniquity of us all was incurred and, in a manner of speaking felt, by the Word, who in the fullness of time, would be made flesh and dwell among us, in order that He might give His life a ransom for many.
There was a sense in which the Father had to be near to Jesus when He bare our sins in His own body on the tree. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. And yet, from another perspective, it was “by Himself” that the Lord Jesus purged our sins, made purification for sins.
a-dō´nı̄, ad-ō-nā´ı̄ (אדני, 'ădhōnāy): A Divine name, translated “Lord,” and signifying, from its derivation, “sovereignty.” Its vowels are found in the Massoretic Text with the unpronounceable tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH; and when the Hebrew reader came to these letters, he always substituted in pronunciation the word “'ădhōnāy̌.” Its vowels combined with the tetragrammaton form the word “Yahweh (Jehovah).”